Drug testing a RN while a patient in the er - page 4

by lori4367

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Hi! I work in a busy level 1 trauma center's er. A couple weeks ago due to the stress in my life I had a meltdown at work(I cried). I ended up signing in as a patient in to my er to talk to a psychiatrist. As a patient I got drug... Read More


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    oh sure. one icu i worked in we had little 3cc glass screw-top vials of 100% pure medical-grade cocaine. we used to put qtips in it and the anesthesia guys would ram them up the nose for the semi-elective nasal intubation. since the qtips went from the nose to the trash, and there was always a little left in those little glass vials and it was nice and clean, some people took them home and evaporated them. (this was a looooong time ago.) not my drug of choice, but hey.
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    Have seen it used once for epistaxis a couple years ago. Worked beautifully.
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    And here they always said it caused nosebleeds. LOL
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    See there, forget everything you learned in Nursing School after boards, then run to allnurses!
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    We had a nurse fired on one of the units I worked on. But we never knew it until after it happened. All we knew was a number of narcotic counts had been out and there was an investigation happening. Then one day this nurse was just gone. Not on the schedule anymore. Then we figured it all out.

    Where I work now we don't have any stock meds, not even Tylenol. If staff needs it they know I carry Tylenol and Advil in my purse so they'll come ask me. (I work in an outpatient clinic and we do have drug samples in the clinic. However they are in locked cupboards that only the pharmacists have access to. But then again, who'd want lipid meds, oral hypoglycemics or antihypertensives?) We also have insulin samples in a fridge that I did take one once when I forgot my morning insulin before I left for work. But I signed for it and everyone knew I had taken it.

    Nope, never heard of the cocaine thing either.
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    We use cocaine in the ED I work in, for epistaxis.
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    Quote from greta
    oh sure. one icu i worked in we had little 3cc glass screw-top vials of 100% pure medical-grade cocaine. we used to put q tips in it and the anesthesia guys would ram them up the nose for the semi-elective nasal intubation. since the q tips went from the nose to the trash, and there was always a little left in those little glass vials and it was nice and clean, some people took them home and evaporated them. (this was a looooong time ago.) not my drug of choice, but hey.
    awe....the good ole days. heck we didn't even count the tac (topical cocaine). funny how things changed once the mid eighties hit. heck, remember those huge multidose bottles of narcs?
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    I remember cocaine spray being used to anaesthetise the pharynx prior to ENT examination/procedures. I think the little atomiser bottles just sat on the bench in the minor procedure room.
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    How about those big canisters of Nitrous Oxide in the dental offices???? Just sayin.
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    while this happened at work, it does not appear to be work related, therefore not WC. And the klonopin was PRN, so how long since the last dose. And then, of course, the fact that they were prob. using the wrong test. I would say, SOMEONE is looking for a way to get rid of you.


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